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Nowicki excited about two big offers

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Ryan Nowicki continues to rack up offers and the Glendale (Ariz.) Catcus offensive tackle just picked up two big ones with USC and Penn State joining the list.
Nowicki, a 6-foot-5, 272-pound prospect, is thrilled with both offers but he plans to keep a low profile until after the playoffs. His Cactus team is 10-1 this season and has outscored its last two opponents, 138-0.
USC assistant coaches James Cregg and Joe Barry have been talking to Nowicki on a weekly basis but Penn State's interest is relatively new ever since the Nittany Lions got Nowicki's senior highlight tape a few weeks ago.
Both schools are definitely under consideration.
"I've been pretty much talking to (USC) every week and they wanted to get a lot of my senior film to see how much I've improved and they got that finally and then it just happened," Nowicki said of his offer.
"I thought (the tape) was going to make an impression because I've improved a lot from my junior year just on the little things, footwork, explosiveness and everything so I was happy about it.
"I started talking to (Penn State) two weeks ago and then they got my senior film and they offered me. I guess they saw something they liked on me and they called me and they watched the film and that was it. My family is from Illinois, we're all from there, so it's really not that far from me."
Nowicki, a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, said he's definitely going to take an official visit to USC but doesn't have a date and is more focused on the playoffs now. After his season, he'll finalize his trip plans and then start hitting the road.
"I know I'm going to take an official there for sure," Nowicki said.
"I want to check the place out because it's a really big program and I've heard a lot of good stuff about it. I'm pretty much concentrating on the playoffs now so I don't have anything set up yet."
Arizona and Arizona State are two other big offers along with Boise State, Colorado State, Duke, Idaho, Illinois, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon State, San Diego State, Syracuse, UNLV, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
Rivals.com rates Nowicki as the No. 36 offensive tackle nationally and No. 10 in the Arizona state rankings.
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